Sadly, the general state of insecurity in the country has reached an embarrassing level. While the Boko Haram insurgency is ravaging the northern region, the south is battling with another form of criminality, kidnapping. Over the years, the country has been battling with this scourge, which has become a national embarrassment and a disgrace to country that pride itself as the largest economy in Africa. Thus, the failure of successive governments, both at the federal and state level to roll out a workable policy to nip in the bud this malaise, has raised more apprehension among Nigerians as it continues to twirl out of control.
Only last week, the euphoria of the wind of change that has enveloped the nation was wedged, as daredevil gunmen struck again. This time their victims are two maternal cousins of President Goodluck Jonathan. According to reports, Patience Egbeni and Kate Eni were abducted at Akimpelai, Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state. Prior to this, the paramount ruler of Biokpuga in Nembe local government area of the same state, Chief Thirdman Lambert, was said to have been abducted by yet unknown gunmen. Also, in Ondo state, a former Chairman of the state’s Muslim Welfare Board, Alhaji Jimoh Ibrahim, was kidnapped by a gang of criminals demanding N25million for his release.
We recall that sometime ago, Professor Kamene Okonjo, mother of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, who also is the queen of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, was abducted from the Ogwashi-Uku royal palace in Delta State and though later released. In Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, some gunmen also abducted Mrs. Tayo Rotimi, wife of Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the United States, Gen. Oluwole Rotimi (rtd). This is aside from expatriates working in different locations across the country.
This and many other cases, either reported or concealed for fear of ill-treatment, points clearly to the sickening level that the kidnapping malaise is daily assuming in the country. No doubt, it has assumed an epidemic proportion, and for any person irrespective of status, creed, or religion to be abducted so cheaply in any part of the country, should be unacceptable and no longer tolerated.
Therefore, the incoming government of Muhammadu Buhari, must urgently work to address this cankerworm squarely. Government must be proactive rather than merely reactive to the problems of kidnapping and the alarming wave of insecurity and criminality ravaging the country today.
One factor that has helped to promote kidnapping is the pretentious life style of government officials and the political class. It is common to see them showing off their different exotic cars amidst a system that is stricken with poverty and noticeable suffering. Millions have no jobs, and people are bitter with the system and out of the bitterness come frustration to indulge in criminal acts. Others are poor leadership; weak governance and the ensuing economic downturn have resulted in all manner of social vices, kidnapping being the most dishonorable. We therefore urge the incoming governments at all levels to work towards reengineering of the system and ensure they are working to create the needed growth in the economy.
No doubt, our level of policing remains ineffective, and to tackle this malaise and other forms of criminalities, there is the need to quickly re-examine the structure of policing in the country. It should be a source of worry to the incoming government that the level of insecurity in the country has not only overwhelmed the police, but equally worrying is the proliferation of arms in the country. The infiltration of all sorts of arms shows collapse of our security operatives. Government should work to curb arms’ proliferation.
The fear of kidnapping has however made many people uncomfortable and unwilling to visit their homes. Foreign embassies have continued to issue travel warnings to their nationals who are Nigeria-bound to take precautionary measures for their security, and foreign direct investment which is sensitive to environments of insecurity will be hampered. So no government worthy of its name should allow this national malaise to continue unabated.
The incoming government must brace up to the security of lives and property in the country, as no one is immune from being kidnapped. They need to act fast to stem the spreading dastardly evil acts. Perhaps the government should do something now in the spirit of change.


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